IOWA CITY Iowa — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz on Tuesday said the struggles with the offense aren’t just an issue with offensive coordinator Greg Davis, but that the problems go all the way up to his office.
“I am involved in that, too,” Ferentz said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “We are all working together. Coordinators certainly share responsibility. The head coach has the most responsibility.”
The Hawkeyes are averaging 28.1 points per game (seventh in the Big Ten), but the offense has slowed down in conference play. Iowa (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) has scored 14 points or less in three of its last five contests, including a 17-9 loss to then-No. 10 Wisconsin last Saturday.
Injuries across the offensive line and to wide receiver Matt VandeBerg have impacted the offense. The passing hasn’t been the same since VandeBerg went down in practice with a broken foot on Sept. 26. Iowa has only thrown for 200 yards once since the injury.
Ferentz said he and Davis will use the bye week to try to find a way to get the offense to be more consistent before taking the field at Penn State on Nov. 5.
“There are some things that factor into that, whether it’s injuries, graduation, etc., but we are eight weeks into it now and we got to find some answers so we can be more productive in the coming four weeks,” Ferentz said.